1 and No. “But I told (Elliott) that kids don't listen well enough and I don't have the patience.”. Clark shares the weekly award with UConn’s, Class of 2020 top recruit, Paige Bueckers. 652k Followers, 697 Following, 58 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Paige (@paigebueckers) By Ricky O'Donnell Feb 9, 2021, 11:56am EST Paige Bueckers scored 31 points as No. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. “It’s in her DNA for sure, being able to do what she does,” Bob Bueckers said. Monday night, she did it on the national stage as No. Former UConn star and now ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said that may be one reason those players accept her has a leader, despite her youth. Legal Statement. “I'm just trying to prove him wrong and make him be quiet sometimes,” she said. The coach said he has been impressed by the way his freshman star studies the game. "You have to take it, swallow it and get better from it.". “She is blessed with not only talent, but a mind for the game, confidence and athleticism. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. Paige Bueckers was about 7, sitting on a couch watching the Los Angeles Lakers, when her dad told her to pay close attention to Kobe Bryant because he was such a clutch player. When she wasn’t there or in a nearby park shooting, she was in her room, working on her form or jumping up against a wall trying to improve her vertical leap, she said. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports As with most things Paige Bueckers, there was some sorcery involved. She understands what the other team is doing, when they are switching on screens or going underneath them. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. "Because if I don't, we lose.". Paige Bueckers celebrates her game-winning three-pointer to knock off the No. David Butler II / USA Today / Pool. The 19-year-old freshman has already hit 3-pointers that sealed wins against rival Tennessee and then-No. All rights reserved. He recalls his daughter spending hours practicing her dribbling in the community garage under her family’s condominium in suburban Minneapolis. 1 South Carolina. "She’s that player that comes along that people talk about — ‘Hey did you see that kid from Connecticut?’ She’s that kid.". Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Her 31-point effort against the Gamecocks was the her third straight game scoring at least 30, something no other UConn player — including Taurasi, Moore or Stewart — has ever done. MINNEAPOLIS - Just when you think Paige Bueckers has done it all, she keeps making more big shots in big moments. 1 high school recruits to campus and sends them off as No. Connecticut is a modern powerhouse that brings No. "It’s in her DNA for sure, being able to do what she does," Bob Bueckers said. UConn freshman Paige Bueckers will miss Saturday’s game against Georgetown because of an ankle injury, the program said. She got a lethal combo, that’s for sure.". Cash. 2, but ultimately, it came down to one player. Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. 2, but ultimately, it came down to one player. STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Paige Bueckers scored 31 points, including her team’s final 13, to lead No. In Storrs, Connecticut, the legend of freshman Paige Bueckers … Paige Bueckers was about 7, sitting on a couch watching the Los Angeles Lakers, when her dad told her to pay close attention to Kobe Bryant because he was such a clutch player. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM. The UConn star swept the Big East’s weekly awards Monday, winning both player of the week and freshman of the week. To Auriemma, she plays with a calmness that reminds him of NFL great Jim Brown setting up his blocks before exploding through a hole. "She’s that player," he said. She hit a 3-pointer, stole the inbounds pass and laid it in. facebook twitter reddit link It was a matchup between No. Eighteen gams into her college career at the top women's program of all time, Bueckers has already set records. Bueckers and Auriemma also seem to understand each other. Also absent is sophomore Anna Makurat. 2 Connecticut knocked off visiting No. She said she enjoys being challenged, and knows that is what her 66-year-old coach is doing when he gets on her in practice, calling her a "walking turnover" or asking if she plans to hit any shots that day. “She celebrates her teammates more than she ever celebrates herself and that is the kind of teammate that is really, really easy to like,” she said. But Geno Auriemma said he has asked her to do more than star players such as Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore or Breanna Stewart needed to do in their first years. She’s been named the Big East’s player and freshman of the week for two consecutive weeks. 2 UConn to a 63-59 overtime victory Monday over top-ranked South Carolina. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together. “I just wanted to be super good at it because I loved it so much and that’s just what I did all the time was play basketball.". It wasn't luck, Bob Beuckers said. He recalls his daughter spending hours practicing her dribbling in the community garage under her family’s condominium in suburban Minneapolis. 1 and No. She got a lethal combo, that’s for sure.”. They had what is their finest two hours as a group Wednesday in a 94-62 Big East home win over St. John’s. Legal Statement. Donate today. She also played soccer and baseball (she liked that better than softball), where her dad said she excelled as a pitcher, catcher and shortstop with extraordinary hand-eye coordination. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. "She celebrates her teammates more than she ever celebrates herself and that is the kind of teammate that is really, really easy to like," she said. No, Paige Bueckers’ mind stayed straight and when the moment mattered most, with the UConn lead down to two and the shot clock down to one, so was the freshman’s shot. She can remember a game when she was a third grader, playing on a fifth-grade team that was losing by five points with about seven seconds to go. Bueckers and Auriemma also seem to understand each other. She can remember a game when she was a third grader, playing on a fifth-grade team that was losing by five points with about seven seconds to go. She is the fourth straight Gatorade high school player of the year to join UConn and the 11th since 1997. "She is blessed with not only talent, but a mind for the game, confidence and athleticism. Fox News Flash top headlines for February 18. Paige Bueckers scored 31 points as No. “She was carrying us.” Beal dashed out to Bueckers, got a hand in her face. With the shot clock about to expire and her team ahead by a single point in overtime, Paige Bueckers threw up a long 3-pointer that hit the back of the rim and bounced high into the air. Paige Bueckers The UConn bias is real. "Most of the iconic freshman who’ve come in here have been surrounded by kids that had already been All-Americans," he said. I’m not that cocky, so if anyone talks to me about garbage, I’ll talk about trash.” Bueckers drops 30 in UConn's rout of Marquette on the road (1:21) Paige Bueckers puts up a monster 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting as UConn handles Marquette on the road 87-58. “Every hour of every single day, I always wanted to have a basketball in my hand,” she said. UConn freshman Paige Bueckers will miss Saturday’s game against Georgetown because of an ankle injury, the program said. When she wasn’t there or in a nearby park shooting, she was in her room, working on her form or jumping up against a wall trying to improve her vertical leap, she said. One of her best friends, 2018-19 high school player of the year Azzi Fudd, has been recruited to join her at UConn next season and she's looking forward to that partnership and to playing in front of UConn fans once the pandemic is over. Lobo said she has been impressed by Bueckers' confidence and ability to get her teammates to listen to her, something Lobo and other stars at Connecticut weren't asked to do until they were upperclassmen. Facebook Twitter Email Comments MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freshman Paige Bueckers scored 30 points to lead No. You make MPR News possible. Twitter Facebook Email. Bueckers gave Slam the most realistic description of her game to date: “I’ve got a particular way of carrying myself. She was asked recently by assistant coach Jamelle Elliott about one day becoming a coach. She understands what the other team is doing, when they are switching on screens or going underneath them. But she said she plans to earn her degree at UConn before moving on to fulfill her dream of playing professionally. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. Bueckers has heard the talk that she would be an WNBA lottery pick as soon as she is eligible. By Ricky O'Donnell Feb 9, 2021, 11:56am EST 1 draft picks. "The whole time, she's seeing things that others don't see," Lobo said. Paige Bueckers was about 7, sitting on a couch watching the Los Angeles Lakers, when her dad told her to pay close attention to Kobe Bryant because he was such a clutch player. With the shot clock about to expire and her team ahead by a single point in overtime, Paige Bueckers threw up a long 3-pointer that hit the back of the rim and bounced high into the air. Paige Bueckers was about 7, sitting on a couch watching the Los Angeles Lakers, when her dad told her to pay close attention to Kobe Bryant because he was such a clutch player. Bueckers became a leader early. The 19-year-old freshman has already hit 3-pointers that sealed wins against rival Tennessee and then-No. She leads the nation in 3-point shooting, hitting just under 56 percent of her attempts and is UConn's leader in scoring (21.1 points per game), minutes played (36.5), assists (100) and steals (40). Connecticut guard Paige Bueckers, right, shoots against Seton Hall guard Mya Jackson (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Feb. 10 in Storrs, Conn. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks. A gift of $17 makes a difference. One of her best friends, 2018-19 high school player of the year Azzi Fudd, has been recruited to join her at UConn next season and she's looking forward to that partnership and to playing in front of UConn fans once the pandemic is over. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Paige Bueckers was about 7, sitting on a couch watching the Los Angeles Lakers, when her dad told her to pay close attention to Kobe Bryant because he was such a clutch player. “You just want to get Paige the ball,” Nelson-Ododa said. She made Dean’s List her first semester at UConn. “Most of the iconic freshman who’ve come in here have been surrounded by kids that had already been All-Americans,” he said. Paige Bueckers is living up to the hype and rewriting the UConn record books The UConn freshman is special. (Rafael Suanes / Georgetown Athletics) UConn freshman Paige Bueckers (center) helped the Huskies nip top-ranked South Carolina in Storrs. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Former UConn star and now ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said that may be one reason those players accept her has a leader, despite her youth. Market data provided by Factset. She was asked recently by assistant coach Jamelle Elliott about one day becoming a coach. Paige Bueckers Twitter: Instagram: Paige Bueckers Instagram: View more / View less Facts of Paige Bueckers: Paige Bueckers (20 th October 2001 in Edina, Minnesota, the United States) is an American college basketball player for the UConn Huskies of the Big East Conference. She said she enjoys being challenged, and knows that is what her 66-year-old coach is doing when he gets on her in practice, calling her a “walking turnover” or asking if she plans to hit any shots that day. “She’s that player that comes along that people talk about — ‘Hey did you see that kid from Connecticut?’ She’s that kid.”. "You have to take it, swallow it and get better from it.". Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. facebook twitter reddit link It was a matchup between No. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. The coach said he has been impressed by the way his freshman star studies the game. Bueckers became a leader early. FILE - Connecticut guard Nika Muhl (10) hugs guard Paige Bueckers (5) after defeating South Carolina in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., in this Monday, Feb. 8, … Paige Bueckers was about 7, sitting on a couch watching the Los Angeles Lakers, when her dad told her to pay close attention to Kobe Bryant because he was such a clutch player. Paige Bueckers (5), who had 19 points Friday night, is a star in the classroom too. Facebook; Twitter; Facebook Messenger; Pinterest; Email; print; Editor's note: Paige Bueckers was named the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year on Friday. Also absent is sophomore Anna Makurat. Bueckers bounced a pass over to Olivia Nelson-Ododa. "That will always be in the back of my head, because I never want to get away from basketball," she said. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Facebook; Twitter; Facebook Messenger; Pinterest; Email; print; Editor's note: Paige Bueckers was named the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year on Friday. "I'm just trying to prove him wrong and make him be quiet sometimes," she said. Her 31-point effort against the Gamecocks was the her third straight game scoring at least 30, something no other UConn player — including Taurasi, Moore or Stewart — has ever done. It wasn't luck, Bob Bueckers said. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Facebook; Twitter; Facebook Messenger; Pinterest; Email; print; Paige Bueckers is still more than a month away from playing her first game for … “Because if I don't, we lose.”. But she said she plans to earn her degree at UConn before moving on to fulfill her dream of playing professionally. or redistributed. Paige asked what that meant and Bob Bueckers explained that Bryant played his best when his team needed him the most. Boston went directly to Liv, who took a dribble, turned and passed back to Bueckers behind the arc. She’s been named the Big East’s player and freshman of the week for two consecutive weeks. UConn announced she … 3 UConn to an 87-58 win on Friday night over Marquette in a … Paige Bueckers was about 7, sitting on a couch watching the Los Angeles Lakers, when her dad told her to pay close attention to … She's also thought about her future after basketball and is considering a degree in communications and sports broadcasting. Twitter Facebook Email. "I just wanted to be super good at it because I loved it so much and that’s just what I did all the time was play basketball.". We don’t know if there’s another term for swaggy, but we think that’s what people mean. The Huskies' newest freshman sensation, Paige Bueckers, is off to a record … 1 South Carolina 63-59 in overtime Monday night in a battle of nonconference women's … The Hopkins High School graduate is the fourth straight Gatorade high school player of the year to join UConn and the 11th since 1997. “That will always be in the back of my head, because I never want to get away from basketball,” she said. As if she had made 11 of her first 12 shots and not missed 11 of 12. PAIGE BUECKERS ð ¥First player in UConn history with 3 straight 30-point games. 1 South Carolina. The Huskies’ current freshman class - led by Paige Bueckers, Aaliyah Edwards, Mir McLean, and Nika Muhl - has shown through 13 games that they get it. “So for her to grow and feel comfortable to say to a junior, ‘This is what you need to do or this is what they are doing and this is how we counter it,' to be that voice in the huddle is important.". Lobo said she has been impressed by Bueckers' confidence and ability to get her teammates to listen to her, something Lobo and other stars at Connecticut weren't asked to do until they were upperclassmen. The accolades keep rolling in for Paige Bueckers. She's also thought about her future after basketball and is considering a degree in communications and sports broadcasting. "So for her to grow and feel comfortable to say to a junior, ‘This is what you need to do or this is what they are doing and this is how we counter it,' to be that voice in the huddle is important.". Paige Bueckers has lived up to the hype as a true freshman, and her legend continues to grow. "But I told (Elliott) that kids don't listen well enough and I don't have the patience.". She leads the nation in 3-point shooting, hitting just under 56% of her attempts and is UConn's leader in scoring (21.1 points per game), minutes played (36.5), assists (100) and steals (40). Paige Bueckers in her element ESPN ranked her as the number one player in 2020. She also played soccer and baseball (she liked that better than softball), where her dad said she excelled as a pitcher, catcher and shortstop with extraordinary hand-eye coordination. The UConn women's basketball program never lacks for talent or star power. Market data provided by Factset. "It just means a whole lot to me for me to be able to be there for my team, especially when they are counting on me to hit those shots," Bueckers explained. “She’s that player,” he said. She hit a 3-pointer, stole the inbounds pass and laid it in. Bueckers has heard the talk that she would be an WNBA lottery pick as soon as she is eligible. 652k Followers, 697 Following, 58 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Paige (@paigebueckers) Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Bueckers deflects praise, instead crediting her teammates, coaches and a deep faith in God for her success. Paige Bueckers is living up to the hype and rewriting the UConn record books The UConn freshman is special. Paige asked what that meant and Bob Bueckers explained that Bryant played his best when his team needed him the most. Bueckers deflects praise, instead crediting her teammates, coaches and a deep faith in God for her success. “It just means a whole lot to me for me to be able to be there for my team, especially when they are counting on me to hit those shots,” Bueckers explained. Eighteen gams into her college career at the top women's program of all time, Bueckers has already set records. Money. "Every hour of every single day, I always wanted to have a basketball in my hand," she said. But Geno Auriemma said he has asked her to do more than star players such as Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore or Breanna Stewart needed to do in their first years. All rights reserved. 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